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MAY 2010

FaithWriters.com news and information for the write-brained Christian!

"What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin." -- Henry Ward Beecher

That quote says it all, doesn't it? A mother's actions, words, and love stay with us forever. For those of you who have or had -a loving mother, you are very blessed. And if you're a mother yourself, YOU are a blessing! We wish you a fabulous Mother's Day!

Be sure to scroll down to the end of this newsletter to read about some of the precious memories our FaithWriters members have of times they shared with their mothers.


Can you believe it's only three months until the FaithWriters conference? Wow!

Remember, Early Bird registration ends on June 5th, so be sure to send in your registration form this month. But, even if you aren't quite sure you'll be able to make it and need to hold off a bit longer, you'll still be getting a bargain. Compared to the average writing conference, the cost of the FaithWriters conference is very low, especially when you take into account everything that's included. Great workshops, dynamic speakers, Christian fellowship, even the chance to pitch your project to Linda Glaz, a representative for Hartline Literary Agency.

If you only attend one writers' conference this year, make it the FaithWriters conference. We can't wait to see you!

Full details, including the date, time, costs, conference schedule, workshops available, speaker bios, and hotel information: http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php

Direct access to the registration form: http://www.faithwriters.com/conference-forms/Registration-Form_2010.pdf


Of course you do! Well, one way to do it is to pop over to the FaithWriters message boards where two of our very own seasoned and talented FaithWriters members teach a class that will help you with basic writing and grammar skills.

BASIC WRITING SKILLS - Jan Ackerson, 2008 Best of the Best winner and retired teacher, offers weekly lessons on some basic skills every writer needs. Most of the lessons are directed toward beginners, but for those of you with a little more experience under your belt, there is a Master Class starting soon! No matter where you are in your writing journey, you'll definitely want to participate in these interactive lessons guaranteed to take your writing to the next level. Some recent BASIC WRITING SKILLS lessons include:

Choosing a Tense and sticking to It: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=28554

Beware of Adjectives and Adverbs: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=28434

Writing on Topic: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=29535

Developing Interesting Characters: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=29464

BASIC GRAMMAR SKILLS - Ann Grover has placed three times in the top three of the Best of the Best. She is also a frequent Challenge placer. Over on the message boards, Ann has her own forum that focuses on grammar. If you'd like a little help in the grammar department, check out these fun lessons. Some recent BASIC GRAMMAR SKILLS topics include:

Semi-colons, Colons, and Dashes: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=29236

Hyphens: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=29474

Gerunds: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=28660

Commas: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=28341


In keeping with the monthly theme of Mother's Day, I asked members to email me with their response to the following question:

What is one memory you have, either from your childhood or more recently, of a special time you shared with your mom?

Here are just a few of the many heartwarming answers submitted:

"At fourteen years of age, during an emotional destructive stage, I destroyed every word I wrote - every story, every note. My mother cried and held me close, explaining that my writing had blessed her the most because she believes the words I hear where of the Spirit whispering in my ear." -Yvonne Marie Savon

"On Mother's Day 2006, my mother clenched me tightly in the church pew as we both wept and mourned over the twin babies I lost that February. As painful as it was, God brought healing in my first Mother's Day memory." Joshulyn James

 "My mother used to sit down on the floor with one of my brothers and me and talk about Revelations and the things that were to come." Carol Penhorwood

"As a child of 12 years old I came running into the house hollering, "Mom, Mom, guess what I did!"  Mom replied, "Don't tell me, I don't want to know, it would only scare me to death." Steven Kellen

"I was taken away from my mom when I was 7, after which I only saw her once in awhile. So when FaithWriters ask this question, it triggered a memory I had forgotten and have loved remembering. When I was 4 or so, I wanted to learn how to to blow bubbles with bubble gum. I drove my mom nuts about it. Then one evening she just sat with me for more than an hour, just trying to help me. You should have heard us laugh when I blew my first bubble. The cool thing is she kept at it, so the by the time we were done that evening I could blow LARGE bubbles. It was GREAT!!! Thank you for reminding me." Roni

"When Mom woke up in intensive care several days after bypass surgery, I told her, "A lot of people have been praying for you, but you need to ask Jesus to forgive your sins and save you." After years of witnessing to her and a week of praying for God not to let her die until she was saved, her reply brought peace to my heart: 'I already did.' (P.S. Mom was 83 and she died 2 weeks later. Praise God she is with  Him now!)" Laura Carroll


Now it's time to reflect on your earthly father. Let's stick with the same question:

What is one memory you have, either from your childhood or more recently, of a special time you shared with your dad?

Email your 1-2 sentence response to FaithWriters.contact@yahoo.com. Then check the June newsletter to see if your response was selected to appear!



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